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What are some tips when using a pacifier to prevent SIDS?

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Putting your baby to sleep with a pacifier may also help prevent SIDS, though researchers aren't sure why. There are a few tips to follow when using a pacifier:

  • If you're breastfeeding, wait until your baby is breastfeeding regularly (at least 1 month old) before starting to use a pacifier. Introducing a pacifier too soon can lead to nipple confusion and cause your baby to prefer the pacifier's nipple over your own.
  • Don't force your baby to take the pacifier if he or she doesn't want it.
  • Put the pacifier in your baby's mouth when you put him or her down to sleep, but don't put it back in your baby's mouth after he or she falls asleep.
  • Keep the pacifier clean, and buy a new one if the nipple is damaged.
  • Don't coat the pacifier with honey, alcohol, or any other substance.

From: 10 Steps to Help Prevent SIDS WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Rachel Moon, MD, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): “Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).”

American Lung Association: “Preventing SIDS.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The Changing Concept of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Diagnostic Coding Shifts, Controversies Regarding the Sleeping Environment, and New Variables to Consider in Reducing Risk.”

MayoClinic: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Prevention.”

WebMD Medical Reference: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - Topic Overview.”

CDC: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID): Reducing the Risk" and "Sudden Unexpected Death and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Data and Statistics."

KidsHealth.org: "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."

Medscape Medical News: "Breast-Feeding May Reduce Risk for SIDS by Half Throughout Infancy."

Dr. Spock.com: "Keeping Your Baby Safe from SIDS."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 23, 2019

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